Out this week from Gollancz, we’ve got the next undyingly sexy novel from Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau Vampire series, as well as the return of some excellent novels from Sarah Pinborough and Justina Robson!
Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands
New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns with another fun, sexy romance featuring the Argeneau vampires.
In a spellbinding new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, a dangerous rescue is just the beginning of red-hot adventure…
Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab, or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape…
Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection-none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends for Domitian to show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like…
The Nowhere Chronicles returns with all three titles reissued!
Praise for the Nowhere Chronicles:
‘I loved it. It’s magical, rich, and very compelling, with credible young characters and enough darkness to add a touch of adult foreboding too. I would have gone nuts for this as a teenager, and found it a genuine page-turner right now’ Michael Marshall Smith
‘A rich and magical tale that is utterly compelling. [Fin’s] journey is a long and very dark one that’s full of foreboding but brilliantly told. This is a book that will remain etched in your memory long after you’ve finished’ lovereading.com
‘The folkloric history of the two worlds and the mystery of Fin’s origins are well balanced, keeping us intrigued and constantly wanting to know more. A great urban fantasy with interesting and engaging characters and a relentless pace’ Total Sci Fi
The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Pinborough
Fin finds himself at the heart of an ancient prophecy when the Knights of Nowhere kidnap the Storyholder, threatening his world – and all the worlds woven into place by the Stories…
‘Sixteen’s an interesting age: not quite a fully grown man, but not a kid either. Anything is possible when you’re sixteen.’
Finmere Tingewick Smith was abandoned on the steps of the Old Bailey. Under the guardianship of the austere Judge Harlequin Brown and the elderly gentlemen of Orrery House, Fin has grown up under a very strange set of rules. He spends alternate years at two very different schools and now he’s tired of the constant lies to even his best friends, to hide the insanity of his double life. Neither would believe the truth!
But on his sixteenth birthday, everything changes. The Judge is killed, stabbed in the chest with a double-edged sword that’s disturbingly familiar, and from that moment on, Fin is catapulted into an extraordinary adventure. Through the Doorway in Fin’s London, a hole in the boundaries of Existence, lies another London — and now both are in grave danger.
For the Knights of Nowhere have kidnapped the Storyholder, the keeper of the Five Eternal Stories which weave the worlds together. Because of the Knights’ actions, a black storm is coming, bringing madness with it.
Fin may be just 16, but he has a long, dark journey ahead of him if he is to rescue the Storyholder and save Existence!
The Traitor’s Gate by Sarah Pinborough
A rich, compelling high-action yarn: as the Dark King rises, four teenagers face betrayal and test their friendships to the limit!
It’s Christmas-time, and Finmere Tingewick Smith (Fin to his friends) is back in Orrery House, with Christopher, one of his two best friends. They’re there for the Initiation of the new Knights of Nowhere. The boys have tried to find some normalcy after their recent adventures, but they’re badly missing Joe. He’s stuck in the Nowhere, guarding two of the Five Eternal Stories that weave all the worlds together; they’re held inside his own body.
In the Somewhere, Christmas is a time of glad tidings and gifts and goodwill, Christmas trees, carols and the celebration of good things. But there is no Christmas in the Nowhere, and in both worlds, things are not as settled as they look, for Justin Arnold-Mather is getting ready to make his move. In the Nowhere, something is moving through the streets, attacking people – random victims – and leaving them mad and disfigured. And in Orrery House, a tiny crack has appeared in the Prophecy table.
The Prophecy is coming alive. The battle lines will be drawn between even the closest of friends, for the fight is on. The Dark King is rising.
The London Stone by Sarah Pinborough
An impossible quest, a battle against the greatest odds . . . and three friends who will fight, and maybe die, together . . .
The prophecy has come to pass.
The London Stone has been stolen and the Dark King rules the Nowhere. Only Mona and the new Seer dare to stand against him, leading an underground rebellion in the frozen wasteland . . . but what chance do they have, against both the Army of the Mad and Arnold Mather’s soldiers?
There is still hope: if they can recruit a banished race to their cause, maybe Fin and his friends can force a final battle against the Dark King. But that aid will be hard-won, through an almost impossible quest, and even then there are no guarantees.
It will come down to three friends, standing together against all odds. And fulfilling their destinies, whatever the cost . . .
Keeping It Real by Justina Robson
A heroine who’s half robot and all attitude, a world of quantum strangeness; SF that has remembered how to have fun from the UK’s most successful female SF writer.
The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe’s different dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elven, elemental and demonic realms. Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology. Elves are exotic, erotic, dangerous and really bored with the constant Lord of the Rings references. Elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left well to themselves.
Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty but now she’s not so sure.
Her body is now more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery. A machine she’s barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation.
As for her heart . . . well ever since being drawn into a Game by the elven rockstar she’s been assigned to protect, she’s not even sure she can trust that anymore either.